Black cuckoo clock
A black cuckoo clock
In contrast to the classic cuckoo clocks, with this very large clock case made of black colored wood, nothing is reminiscent of the lacquer plate shape or the shape of a house, of a Black Forest house or a train station. The motifs of the rich decorations are common.
The various hand-carved, finely executed trees, leaves, flowers and animal figures based on mountain and forest motifs with the dial in the middle and the door for the cuckoo above give the impression of a sculpture. The following carvings are arranged around the dial: above two chamois in front of a fir tree, below vine leaves with grapes, below the dial a bird's nest with eggs (cuckoo eggs), on the right and left gentians, below a cuckoo. The wooden dial with gold-colored Roman numerals is also decorated with carvings.
Production: 4th quarter of the 19th century in the Black Forest
Assumption: The cuckoo clock with the high quality carvings was probably acquired by a Swiss man who lived in an area where it was customary for his clock to be painted black when the owner died.